Gardening and Horticulture

Restoring nature one garden at a time

Heuchera, Mimulus, and Penstemon. Credit Jeff Silva.

Why Natives

The California Native Plant Society is restoring nature one garden at a time by supporting and encouraging the use of California native plants throughout our public and private landscapes. Planting California natives can help save water, reduce maintenance and pesticide use, and invite beneficial pollinators. Restore a sense of place in your community, provide important habitat for our wildlife, and help us preserve our very special ecosystem.

Why Natives

Garden Ambassadors

CNPS Garden Ambassadors are inspiring communities by showcasing the beauty and endless possibilities of California native plant gardening. Meet your local ambassadors, or learn how you can become one!

Meet your ambassadors

Hot Topics

Front yard garden. Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Front yard garden. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Garden inspiration

Get inspired by our CNPS Garden Ambassadors, and visit native gardens.

Poppy and Ceanothus. Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Poppy and Ceanothus. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Native design basics

Use these landscape design principles to turn your space into a sustainable habitat.

Variable checkerspot. Credit Stephen Rosenthal.
Variable checkerspot. Credit Stephen Rosenthal.

Choosing your plants

Discover plants native to your city, create your own plant lists, and find a local nursery.

Permeable path. Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Permeable path. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Prepping and planting

Remove grass, care for your soil, and follow these planting and watering tips.

Live forever dudleya in pot. Credit Jim Wadsworth.
Live forever dudleya in pot. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Digging deeper

Control weeds and pests, prune, and learn about clean nursery practices.

School garden sign. Credit Karen Taylor.
School garden sign. Credit Karen Taylor.

School gardens

Learn how you can help a school start its own California native garden.

Events

Events

Meet your local chapter, find
a plant sale, attend a workshop,
or get outdoors with a guided
field trip!

Sacramento Plant Sale 2016. Credit Jim Wadsworth.

Calscape

Calscape

Discover which plants grow
in your exact location, create
personal plant lists, and find
nearby nurseries.

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